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Speakers Programme

08:00 am – Registration and Morning Coffee in the “Networking Zone” 75 minutes of Networking 

Toby Heysham Pinnacle power

Conference Theme:

Smart, Connected, “Low Carbon” Communities – what are they and how are they created?

The solution in creating sustainable communities, cities and regions which will require all partners to fully collaborate.

This can only occur if public sector along with central & regional government, work with private sector organisations both small and large and have the input from third sector and citizens.
By all working smarter by utilising shared data &  knowledge, collaborative communities can unlock great value and resilience.
SESSION 1 Commences: Chaired by The Faraday Grid

09:15am – Chair’s Opening Address, Jacqui Porch, Founder & Chief Marketing Officer (CONFIRMED)

PRESENTATION TITLE: “The Faraday Grid – the new platform to deliver Scotland’s low carbon aspirations.”

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As a founder, Jacqui has worked closely with the Faraday Grid team since early development, also with parent company Exigen.

Her strengths in consumer and market trend analysis come from her years in high growth consumer brands covering multiple global regions, from start-up through to IPO.

Jacqui has a degree in Environmental Design.

09:25am – Ministerial Address & Q&A: Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy, Scottish Government (CONFIRMED)


PRESENTATION TITLE: “The Climate Change Plan & Energy Strategy 2018-2032” 

The Climate Change Plan sits alongside the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy, and provides the strategic framework for our transition to a low carbon Scotland. Building on previous reports on policies and proposals, the Plan sets out the path to a low carbon economy while helping to deliver sustainable economic growth and secure the wider benefits to a greener, fairer and healthier Scotland in 2032.

The Plan includes policies and proposals to reduce emissions from electricity generation, buildings (both residential and non-residential), transport, industry, land use (forestry and peatlands), waste, and agriculture.

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Born in Belfast in 1970, Paul was raised in Edinburgh. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh.

Paul is a professional economist and, since 1992, had specialised in higher and further education markets, policy evaluation and economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects.

Paul previously held a number of roles in the Scottish Parliament and is SNP MSP for South Scotland. He has previously held posts in the Scottish Government as Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs. In May 2016 he was appointed Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy.

09:40am – Platinum Partner Keynote Address: Paul Eggleton, Director, Mitie Energy (CONFIRMED)



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Paul is an energy & sustainability professional with over 16 years of international experience covering energy & carbon management, corporate sustainability, risk management, financing, supply chain, smart systems, telecommunications, digital services/IOT, and senior operational and programme management. A chartered Mechanical Engineer by background, he has delivered many high value programmes, including Telefonica’s winning communications service provider bid for the UK’s smart metering programme, worth £1.5bn, and was an integral part of the O2 team that delivered the smarter and agile workspace project as part of O2’s £40m sustainable HQ in Slough. He also defined and delivered the energy & sustainability programme for Lloyds Banking Group, delivering savings of over £8m per annum within an ESCO structure. Paul’s work at Lloyds Bank won him the inaugural ACRE365 Environmental award in 2015.

Paul is also a founding director of the Energy Managers Association. Invited by Lord Redesdale, Paul joined the EMA to support, promote and raise awareness of the energy profession, pushing the agenda up to board level and supporting energy professionals in their career.

Working in both senior sustainability and operational roles, Paul combines subject matter expertise with a broad business knowledge, enabling him to shape and build strategies and then see them through to successful execution. With a background that covers engineering, technology, digital and smart services, Paul is particularly interested in the Internet of Things and the role this plays in Corporate Real Estate and Sustainability strategy for organisations.

10:00am –  Frank Mitchell, CEO, SP Energy Networks (CONFIRMED)


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Frank Mitchell, the CEO of SP Energy Networks, has a large role in helping ScottishPower tackle the UK’s energy challenge and ensure we’re making clean energy work for Britain. He is responsible for all aspects of the Network Company’s activities in ScottishPower’s licensed areas for Transmission in Scotland and for Distribution in Scotland, Merseyside and North Wales.

Frank has over twenty years’ experience in working in the energy sector, covering all aspects of the power company value chain, in both the UK and USA. He is a professional engineer with extensive experience in the operation of gas and electric infrastructures and the modern asset management approach.

Frank has experience in leading large, diverse, geographically spread teams to achieve step change in performance. He also has a history of involvement in M&A activity as well as leading strategic business change.

On top of this, Frank has extensive experience of working with key external stakeholders including customers, government, regulations, trade unions and investors. He also has Non-Executive roles on a number of Company Boards.

Currently he chairs the Energy Skills Action Group for Scotland and works with local and national governments in support of economic and environmental goals. Such expertise is valuable as we strive to deliver on our commitment to be the UK leader in renewable energy solutions.

Leading a full life, Frank is married with three children and also enjoys football, golf, rugby and mentoring business start-ups.

10:15am – Andrew Lyle, Director, Locogen (CONFIRMED)

PRESENTATION TITLE“Renewables and the Scottish Energy Strategy”

Speaker Biog:

Andrew Lyle has been working in the renewables industry for over 15 years as a consultant and a developer. In 2009, he co-founded Locogen, a renewable energy consultancy focused of the development of wind, solar, hydro, biomass, AD and, more recently, energy storage projects. Locogen works with a wide range of clients, including developers, landowners, farmers, the public sector, businesses and community groups – predominantly in distribution-scale projects. Locogen has also expanded internationally, with Locogen SAS in France, and with solar investments in West Africa.

Andrew was elected to the Scottish Renewables board in February 2018 and is a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Cross-Party Group

10:30am – Karl Drage, CEO, Smart Renewable Heat Ltd (CONFIRMED) 

PRESENTATION TITLEThe role of Heat Pumps in the Energy Strategy: Tackling Fuel Poverty and Climate Change

Speaker Biog:

Eur Ing Karl J. Drage FIMechE CEng MEng DMS ACGI MIoD

Karl Drage, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, is a ‘hands-on’ executive business owner with eighteen years’ international board experience; and a blue-chip Operational and Engineering background. Created a technology start-up exemplared by Bill Gates at the Consumer Electronics Show. Established a business in the US which won the contract for the Empire State Building’s new energy system.  Karl founded Smart Renewable Heat in 2016, now employing approximately 40 people, and at the forefront of Smart, Cleantech, Digital, Renewable Heat with their “Heat as a Service” proposition. Following ten years as Director of a leading renewable energy business, Karl saw the opportunity in a convergence of lower cost digital, cleantech and innovative financial models, plus a significant market demand driven by legislative changes.  Karl has also worked in Engineering and Technology roles in Germany, Japan, Spain, and the US, as well as founding companies in the UK and Europe.  Karl is married with three young children and is an active school governor. He has climbed Mont Blanc and ran 150 miles across the Sahara desert.

10:30am – Intergrated Environmental Solutions – (CONFIRMED) 


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11:00 am – Question & Answer Panel Session from Delegate Audience to Main Plenary Speakers

11:15 am – Interactive Refreshment Break in the “Networking Zone”  50 minutes of Networking 

Low Caron Britain - 1st December 2016

SESSION 2 Commences: 

12:15pm – Session Chair – Luke Redfurn, Business Development & Projects Manager, CENEX (Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon & Fuel Cell Technologies) (CONFIRMED)



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12:25pm – Keynote Address: Ellie Grebenik , Scottish Transport, Energy Saving Trust,  (CONFIRMED)


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12:40pm – Keynote Address by Platinum Partner (CONFIRMED) 


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13:00pm – Tom Buck, Group Chief Technical Officer at APT Controls Group (CONFIRMED)



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13:15pmSpeaker TBC, Ricardo Energy & Environment (CONFIRMED)

PRESENTATION TITLE“Urban Air Quality” – building the evidence base and developing effective solutions”

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13:30pmMatt McNulty, Services & Solutions Director, Serco Ltd (CONFIRMED)



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13:45 pm – Question & Answer Panel Session from Delegate Audience to Main Plenary Speakers


14:00 pm – Interactive Late Lunch in the “Networking Zone”  (1hr 55 minutes of Networking) 

15:55pm – Closing Remarks in the “Networking Zone” by Ron Pusey, Director of Low Carbon Club


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